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GP Week : Issue 170
“CHANGES WILL BE MADE” The scale of Nicky Hayden’s lucky escape at Aragon became clearer with pictures published on the internet showing how the 31-year-old American narrowly missed landing on a parked scooter and other trackside furniture after flipping over the barrier. The 2006 World Champion had recovered from a severe front-wheel slide on the way into the 165-km/h final turn, approached at more than 320 km/h, but found himself heading off the track at a tangent. There was a gravel trap, and then an unprotected steel barrier. Unable to stop the bike in the gravel trap and fearful if he jumped he might hit the barrier head first or be followed in by the bike, “I let the bike take the impact, and then let go at the last moment,” he said; adding there was “no doubt” that he was lucky to have escaped serious injury. Hayden hit the ground hard and was stretchered away and hospitalised for checks, though released immediately. Race director Mike Webb promises “there will be changes by the next time we go there. “Even before the race was over we’d discussed what could possibly be done. When the circuit was designed and homologated it was not foreseen that somebody could do that. Obviously it happened. “The proposal the circuit put forward straight away was to increase the tarmac run-off, so there is the chance to do a bit more braking. “We’re investigating that. I don’t know what the final outcome will be, but we’ll get it sorted. MOTOGP >>> NEWS Hayden Horror Crash titanrace.com High performance engine oil providing optimum protection. LUBRICATION 15 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: